Luxury rehab center to open in South County

A luxury residential treatment facility, aimed at helping treat patients with addiction and other disorders, is set to open its doors June 20.

The Haven, which clinical director Julianna Bachitt compared to rehab Passages in Malibu, will offer patients luxury amenities such as pools, “adventure classes,” yoga classes, massages and a professional chef, while also helping them detox from drug and/or alcohol addictions. It is owned by Ari Hirt of New York, through Tikva Treatment LLC.

The facility will also offer treatments for any co-occurring disorders patients might have. Bachitt said it is common for a patient with addiction to have anxiety or depression or other disorders that typically complicate treatment. Drug counselors and coaches will be on staff, along with a licensed psychiatrist, a marriage and family therapist, social workers and other medical staff to help with treatment.

Bachitt said The Haven fills a need in the county.

“There is only one licensed residential treatment facility for women in Atascadero,” she said. “But this need, the epidemic of opiates and stimulants especially in the county, has just taken over the community. ... I’m constantly referring people out of the area to get help.”

We’re trying to keep it where the blue collar guy can come in and get that same treatment.

Julianna Bachitt, The Haven clinical director

Though it is a separate business, The Haven operates in conjunction with Ken Starr Wellness Group in Arroyo Grande, with Dr. Starr acting as a medical consultant.

The facility consists of three renovated homes in South County: one house in Pismo Beach where patients will initially detox, followed by one of two residential homes on the Mesa, one for men and one for women.

Bachitt said they will take up to six patients at each of the houses, for a maximum number of 18 patients at a time.

The Haven is marketed as a luxury treatment facility, but Bachitt said the goal is for it to be affordable for less affluent patients, too. She said the monthly cost is about $30,000, which covers room and board, and can be payable through private insurance. Passages runs upward of $80,000 a month.

“We’re trying to keep it where the blue-collar guy can come in and get that same treatment,” she said.

Bachitt declined to disclose the cost of opening The Haven, noting that it cost $80,000 alone to put in a pool and $8,000 for permits, not to mention the cost of purchasing and renovating the homes.

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